Nolan Plantation House

Nolan Plantation | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

This southern plantation home was built in 1906 by James A. Nolan. The house takes on the common rectangular box form of country stores at the turn of the century, thought its not known if the false front is an original feature of the building or if it was added on later. The Nolan farm […]

Peninsula General Hospital

Peninsula General Hospital | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

First founded in 1908, Peninsula General Hospital was a 173-bed acute care community teaching hospital campus, along with a 200-bed long-term care and rehabilitation center. In February 2012, Peninsula failed a state inspection of its lab, forcing ambulances to be diverted to other medical centers and suspending most patient care at the facility. Within a […]

Hilltop Sanatorium*

Hilltop Sanatorium | Photo © 2016 Bullet, wwwautopsyofarchitecture.com

In the early-20th century, the tuberculosis epidemic was running rampant throughout the Northeastern United States and many cities began taking the initiative and constructed sanatoriums to house and care for the sick patients in the area. Hilltop Sanatorium was built on a sloped hilltop surrounded by 500 acres of forest. Modeled after southern plantations, the […]

Ruffner No. 2 Mine

Ruffner No. 2 Mine | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Ruffner No. 2 mine was an ore mine operating from about 1886 to 1953 on the southeastern slopes of Ruffner Mountain to supply the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Company with red iron ore. The mine originally employed drift mining techniques to access exposed outcrops of the soft iron-rich Irondale Seam and some parallel outcrops of […]

Town of Spectre

Town of Spectre | Photo © 2017 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Spectre is a fictional town in the 2003 Tim Burton film “Big Fish”. In the movie, Edward Bloom takes an abandoned path through a haunted forest where he eventually comes upon a small town. The town has no roads lead or cut through Spectre. It contains rows of homes and businesses which lead up to […]

Big Blossom Orphanage*

Big Blossom Orphanage | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

*This location is undisclosed to help prevent further vandalism and damage to the property. This mansion was built in the early-1900s for an army corps inspector, his wife and daughters. The house was described has having long draperies which hung from the ceiling to the floors, and the large marble staircase and halls were polished […]

Slossfield Community Center

Slossfield Community Center | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Dr. Thomas Boulware, later nicknamed ‘The Old Stork’, was brought over to Birmingham by Dr. Charles Carraway where he performed many of Alabama’s obstetric firsts including the first pregnancy test administered, the first ‘bikini cut’ Caesarean section, and the first OB/GYN residency approved in the state. In the realm of the indigent care though, Boulware […]

Garden State Sanatorium*

Garden State Sanatorium | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

*This location is undisclosed to help prevent further vandalism and damage to the property. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease with a high mortality rate. The tuberculosis epidemic started in Europe around the 17th century known as the Great White Plague, because of how pale those infected with TB had become. High population density, as well […]

Whitehurst State Hospital*

Whitehurst State Hospital | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

*This location is undisclosed to help prevent further vandalism and damage to the property. Built in the late-1880s, Whitehurst was one of the least funded state hospitals in the nation and struggled financially until its closure. It operated until around the 1970s when deinstitutionalization took place, moving many of the patients out of the hospital […]

Cragfield State Hospital*

Cragfield State Hospital | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

*This location is undisclosed to help prevent further vandalism and damage to the property. Built on over 600-acres of land with over 5,000 beds, the hospital included its own coal power plant, a farm and industrial shops where patients worked manufacturing various things like furniture and household products. At the time, it was thought that […]